Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 14, 2013.
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We've known for several weeks that HTC would soon introduce a larger version of its 2013 flagship phone, the HTC One. The company already downsized some features to make the HTC One Mini, and it's now increased the scale of others to produce the HTC One Max, an Android smartphone with a 5.9-inch display and a rear fingerprint sensor.
The HTC One Max has a 5.9-inch 1080p HD display, increased from the 4.7-inch screen on the standard HTC One. The enlarged One Max retains the basic ideas of the phone thanks to dual front-facing speakers with Boomsound, an aluminum body, and an IR port. However, it has moved the power button to the right side of the phone for easier access. The phone also has the same camera with HTC's ultrapixel optimizations, but not optical image stabilization to limit blur. Otherwise, specs include:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 3,300 mAh battery
- 16 or 32GB of internal storage (and a new option to have a 64GB microSD slot)
- Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 -
2.1-megapixel front camera
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, MHL
One new feature worth noting is the fingerprint sensor placed just below the camera. The scanner can unlock a device, but it can also launch one of three different apps based on the finger used. In other words, an index finger can launch Twitter and a thumb can launch Facebook. Based on early impressions and hands-on reviews of people with access to the phone, it doesn't appear to be a very useful feature because the large size of the phone and placement of the scanner makes it awkward to use.
The HTC One Max will go on sale in Europe and Asia this month. The phone is expected to go on sale at Verizon later this year, but no details have been revealed concerning its launch window.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.